On Bloomsday this year Joycean visitors hopped aboard the Bloomsday Bus for a whistle-stop Joycean sightseeing tour around “Dear Dirty Dublin”. They were whisked around for a 2 ½ hour tour of some of the city’s key Joycean landmarks in the company of our local guide, who kept them informed and entertained during their explorations of the “Hibernian metropolis”.
Stops on the tour included Eccles Street, the address of Molly and Leopold Bloom; Glasnevin Cemetery, the setting for the ‘Hades’ episode of Ulysses; the old ‘Monto’ area, where Bella Cohen’s brothel once stood; Westland Row, where the ‘Lotus Eaters’ episode sees Bloom drop into Sweny’s Chemist; Holles Street Maternity Hospital, where Bloom and Stephen cavort with Mulligan et al in ‘Oxen of the Sun’ and a whole lot of other Joycean hotspots along the way, including some of the author’s former addresses and many more locations from the novel.
Joycean visitors also took to the streets and explore the city of Ulysses on a tour around some key locations from the book. Throughout the week of the Bloomsday Festival festival-goers attended a wide array of themed walking tours on Joyce and the Irish Literary Revival, the footsteps of Leopold Bloom, and Joycean Pub Crawls. On June 16th, walking tours focused on Ulysses, and the “Hibernian metropolis.” Stops on the tour included Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; Eccles St, the address of Molly and Leopold Bloom; the birthplace of Oliver St. John Gogarty, the inspiration for Buck Mulligan and a whole host of other spots that pop up in the pages of Joyce’s novel.